2019 GSA Cordilleran Section

115th Annual Meeting

15–17 May 2019 | Portland, Oregon USA

Oregon Convention Center


Assessing Contaminant Sources and Aquifer Continuity in Soil/Groundwater using Stable Isotopes of Strontium (Sr) and Lead (Pb).
Sat., 18 May, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Fee: Minimal cost for printouts.
Portland State University, Dept. of Geology, Cramer Hall S17.
Richard W. Hurst, California Lutheran University, rhurst@callutheran.edu

This course is intended to serve the needs of (1) faculty with interests in environmental research and introducing their students to new approaches regarding investigating environmental issues; (2) environmental consultants, the private sector, and regulatory professionals who must resolve issues associated with site contamination, commingled plumes, potential sources/degradation of contaminants of concern, as well as site remediation on a regular basis; and (3) upper division undergraduate and graduate students in the earth/environmental or related sciences with an interest in hydrogeological/environmental careers.

Fundamental concepts of Sr/Pb isotopes and allied methodologies (e.g., light stable isotopes, gas chromatography, etc.) are covered, followed by specific case studies that exemplify their application to site-specific situations predominantly in the western U.S. Topics to be covered include: soil/groundwater contamination, estimating the age of fugitive releases when possible, tracing groundwater flow, and evaluating aquifer continuity. Despite the focus on the western U.S., the techniques employed have been applied throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Painted Hills

Painted Hills. Photo by M. Streck.

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5 February
Abstracts Submission

8 April
Early Registration

15 April